Intellectual property is becoming increasingly more important in today’s global economy. In our decades of experience, both in the U.S. and abroad, we have been keen observers of the shifting climate of intellectual property law. Intellectual property battles between the goliaths of the industry are told in the headlines every day. Just as the IP of the goliaths of the industry is critical, your intellectual property is important to you and your business as well.
We provide a wide range of legal services for clients ranging from individual inventors to large corporations, and our practice focuses on the procurement, enforcement and defense of intellectual property rights. We are proud of the relationships we have developed while working with some of the most successful engineering and technical minds from various industries. Most importantly, we attribute our successes to having earned the trust of our clients with focus, attention and respect.
A strong intellectual property portfolio is an integral part in planning for the long-term success of your business. We can help you invest in your current and future innovations with our broad technical expertise in all matters of intellectual property law. Let us help you with your IP assets so you can continue coming up with the next big idea.
Patents, trademarks and copyrights protect different types of intellectual property.
A patent protects an invention. A trademark typically protects brand names and logos used on goods and services. A copyright protects an original artistic or literary work. For example, if you invent a new kind of vacuum cleaner, you would apply for a patent to protect the invention itself. You would apply to register a trademark to protect the brand name of the vacuum cleaner. And you might register a copyright for the TV commercial that you use to market the product. A brief overview of each of these types of intellectual property is provided below.
A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.
There are three types of patents:
A trademark is generally a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of service rather than goods. A trademark may be located on a package, a label, a voucher or on the product itself. For the sake of corporate identity trademarks are also being displayed on company buildings. The trademark owner can be an individual, business organization, or any legal entity. You can establish rights in a mark based on use of the mark in commerce, without a registration.
Owning a federal trademark registration on the Principal Register provides a number of advantages:
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.
It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in scope. In some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from copyright liability.
One major limitation is the doctrine of “fair use.” In other instances, the limitation takes the form of a “compulsory license” under which certain limited uses of copyrighted works are permitted upon payment of specified royalties and compliance with statutory conditions.
The information provided herein was obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress, and is for informational purposes only and not intended as a legal opinion or advice.
John H. Choi is an intellectual property attorney with extensive experience in all areas of intellectual property law. Mr. Choi's practice includes:
Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Choi worked as an engineer in the electrical equipment manufacturing division of Eaton Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, as well as an engineering consulting firm in Seoul, Korea servicing Korea's largest pharmaceutical companies. During law school, Mr. Choi participated in study abroad programs in Japan and Korea while working at local intellectual property law firms. After law school and prior to his current practice, Mr. Choi was an associate in the intellectual property department at Akin, Gump, Strauss Hauer & Feld and then was an associate at an intellectual property law firm in New York City.
Mr. Choi has represented clients ranging from individual inventors to the largest camping tent manufacturer in the world, and his clients are both domestic and foreign. As a trusted advisor and counselor, Mr. Choi strives to bring excellence to the service of his clients in all areas of intellectual property law. With a background in engineering and intellectual property law, Mr. Choi brings a wealth of experience and personal attention to the practice of law.
Anthony J. Natoli is an intellectual property attorney with over twenty years of diverse experience in counseling clients and protecting intellectual property, primarily in preparing, prosecuting and obtaining U.S. and international patents, including conducting patent interviews with patent examiners, as well as obtaining trademarks, designs, trade dress and copyrights.
Mr. Natoli has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as a B.A. in Mathematics, and has applied his scientific, technical, and mathematical background to a wide range of inventions including, but not limited to, electronics, software applications, computer-related inventions including the Internet and E-commerce, and applications involving mathematical equations such as seismic data processing, medical imaging systems, etc.
Mr. Natoli has also worked extensively with mechanical inventions such as mechanical devices, surgical instruments, smartphones with buttons having graphical user interfaces, automotive design patents, and combinations of electronic and mechanical inventions.
Having worked for large companies as well as individual clients, Mr. Natoli has shown dedication to focusing on the needs of any type of client, and to identifying the best protections and procedures to follow for optimal protection in an economical manner.
With regard to drafting and prosecuting patent applications, Mr. Natoli uses his extensive technical background and imagination in drafting applications as well as his experience with conducting such patent interviews with patent examiners to expand and maintain a broad scope of protection of the invention in order to improve the resulting issued patent.
Dr. Peter B. Choi is a technical advisor who assists in the prosecution of patent applications. Dr. Choi has over forty years of engineering experience, particularly in process design for clean energy, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, fine chemical and petrochemical plants.
Throughout his career, Dr. Choi has worked for engineering companies as well as research institutions in the U.S. and Korea. More recently, Dr. Choi has owned and operated consulting firms assisting in the design of pharmaceutical manufacturing plants. In addition to his professional career, Dr. Choi has been an adjunct professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia as well as Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea where he taught various engineering courses.
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